Provides Tips for Transforming a House into a Well-Designed Home

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In addition to colors and furniture styles, there are other factors to consider when living in a new home.

Decor Accents for your Home

Kindachic Room Accents

As with any kind of decorating it’s important to incorporate a blend of textures into the home design.

The transformation of a dwelling into a home worthy of its occupants can take more time than most people plan on. Carefully examine the space’s key features to properly develop this house into a modern home. First, establish the use of each room in the home. An open, spacious room with a view, off of the entry way, has a public nature. This room will be useful as the meeting room for the family on game night, and can be the formal space for entertaining guests. Rooms deeper within the home have a more intimate nature and are suitable for relaxing and personal pastimes. Often the kitchen, den and bedrooms occupy this area of a home. The smaller rooms will need careful consideration for the arrangement of furniture. The movement in and around any smaller room must be carefully considered for the area to be functional. Applying the concept of asymmetry to the arrangement of furniture in small rooms can visually help the space feel more expansive. A completely balanced furniture layout can make a room looked cramped.

At the same time, it is important to consider how much light enters each room during the different times of a day. At what time of day will each room get the most use? These factors are important because additional overhead and tabletop lighting may be needed during shadowy daylight, as well as in the evenings. Also, the amount of available light will affect the chosen tints and shades of the colors that will be applied. If one knows the psychological effects that color can create in a room, what mood will best suit this use of space? One color should be selected to establish the main theme of a room design and this color will be modulated by various shades and tints found in the details of an upholstery or drapery fabric, a carpet, or a furniture design. The alternate colors that are introduced can soften the dominate color or they can brighten the background shade. There are endless color combinations and endless ways to influence, inspire, or soothe a home’s occupants and its guests by the use of color.

Second, many new homes have an open floor plan style of construction and one sweep of the eye will capture the entire interior design. In addition to colors and furniture styles, there are other factors to consider when living in an open floor plan. The number one factor to consider should be the acoustics. An open lifestyle brings family members and their guests together, often while each party is engaged in different activities. Carpeting or area rugs that are laid down in the family room/living room/dining room will dampen the sound of voices, music, or games. Full length draperies along the window wall or glass doors will work together with the floor covering to further reduce the noise level. Upholstered furniture will take the acoustic level down even further. The second factor to consider in this style of living is the necessary lighting. Overhead pendant light fixtures or chandeliers can provide the central ambient light and will also define a separate “room” in the open plan. Floor or table lamps will provide the spot light needed for close at hand activities. Tract lights or ceiling light cans will also provide ambient light and a clean look in this style of home design.

Now, it is important to establish a focal point for each room, or area of an open floor plan. When the focal point of a room is an obvious architectural detail, such as a fireplace or a large picture window, the furniture layout may appear obvious. But many home dwellers must create the focal point with a design detail that is a lot more original. For some rooms, an effective visual focus is created by applying a sumptuous accent color to one wall. A dramatic accent color is perfect to offset the installation of a beloved oversized statue or other prominent sculptural wall decor. Additional accents can be created with a graphic art or painting collection artfully framed and grouped together on a long wall. A traditional room accent can be established by installing architectural ceiling trim, or by laying a hardwood floor with distinctive details. These design suggestions are just a few of the ways to get the most out of a room’s interior design.

As with any kind of decorating it’s important to incorporate a blend of textures into the home design. Choose bold-textured fabrics and furniture pieces to create an interesting interior design in a room with a plain construction style. Solid color fabrics such as leather, velvet, silk, or heavy cotton contribute to a room’s textural landscape. The sheen of silk gives the room a lighter feel. The textures of heavily fissured velvets and thick woven cottons add a bolder, more masculine design element. Texture is often overlooked in a room design, but the various fabric and furniture surfaces lend an important visual contribution. In a small room, the use of finely embellished decor elements will make this space appear larger. Intricate fabric designs covering a sofa and chairs will become the primary focal point. A different fabric design selected for full-length drapery will create a secondary design focus. Decor elements such as rugs or pillows, in a solid complimentary color, will accent the finely textured elements in the room. These accents will bolster the interior design over the room’s size. A visit to the home collection at will help identify those décor elements that will turn a house into a finely designed home.

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